Charlotte Beradt (1907–1986)

Author of The Third Reich of Dreams

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Charlotte Beradt, née Aron, was born to a German Jewish merchant family and grew up in Berlin. Her first career was as a freelance journalist for various newspapers and magazines. In 1924, she married Heinz Pollack, a journalist and writer; the marriage ended in divorce in 1933 and she remarried to Martin Beradt, a writer and lawyer nearly 30 years her senior. She was a member of the German Communist Party, but left it following news of Stalinist atrocities. She also was part of the Berlin psychoanalytic community. With the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany, she was no longer able to practice journalism. In 1939, the couple went into exile in France and then in the USA, where they settled in New York City. They were initially destitute and Charlotte worked for a while as a hairdresser. After the war, her writing was again published in German newspapers and she contributed to radio programs. Her radio broadcasts between 1962 and 1978 included autobiographical works. She also translated a volume of political essays by Hannah Arendt from English into German and served as a theater critic. Her first and most famous book, The Third Reich of Dreams (1966), documented hundreds of dreams from people living in Nazi Germany, which she collected from 1933 to 1939. It was a bestseller and has been reprinted and translated into various languages. Her other books included a biography of Paul Levi, the Weimar Republic politician, and a collection of Rosa Luxemburg's letters to her secretary and friend Mathilde Jacob.
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